Go to the top floor to get a vision of Terrain and contradictory as this may sound, you won't regret the decision.
GOMA is just about my favourite gallery and I visit often, but I am as guilty as all of you out there for not exploring everything whenever I visit. So it is a great idea to go to GOMA sometimes without a plan and see what you can find.
Today I am visiting "Terrain" on the third floor, an exhibition that its curator, Diane Moon, is particularly proud and excited about, as it has taken many years and much travelling to bring it all together. She is the curator for Indigenous Fibre Art in GOMA and listening to her talking about this exhibition made me realise that raising this aspect of Indigenous craft to an art form must have been such a rewarding experience for her as well as for all the artists who contribute to this exhibition.
It is called Terrain to take in all the areas of Australia from where the fibre art was collected or commissioned. Diane Moon travelled far and wide to where the artists lived and each piece she has brought back is connected to the terrain of the artist and their lives. There is also a sizeable contribution of benefactors in this exhibition, where their generosity has assured the purchase of an artwork which we can all enjoy.
So many wonderful artists are on display here, from Queenie McKenzie with her painting of the many coloured rocks that are all around her, to Shirley McNamara from Mount Isa who runs a cattle ranch with her son, but in the time she can, creates the most beautiful art with galah feathers and spinifex.
Perhaps one of the most impressive pieces in this collection is the Triangular shelter produced by Wingreeguu of a Turpentine Tree. They are often wind swept and this artist took one and up turned it, recreating a shelter reminiscent of the ones her parents used to make with different circles gently positioned on the branches, representing the various families.
There are pearl shells delicately carved by Aubrey Tigan, fresh stick figures for collecting firewood and lovely fibre art object made by Yvonne Koolmatie, who collected echidna quills and recreated one.